ST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University hosted a free Beginning Teacher Boot Camp on Friday, July 29, in the Student Community Center at University Campus. The program is now in its fifth year.
The camp is offered as a public service by the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo, and new teachers were welcome, whether they graduated from Saint Leo or not.
Beverly Ledbetter, who joined the university after a long, successful career with the Pasco County School District, and who designed and organized the camp, was the leader for the training session. She now serves as an adjunct instructor and director of teacher boot camps at Saint Leo University.
Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., university president, welcomed the group and told them, “You are all prepared. You know more than your class! What you do is so important. We see that when your students graduate and come to us.”
He encouraged them to continue their education by pursuing master’s degrees at Saint Leo.
Ledbetter led the new teachers through the “drill.” She advised the beginning teachers on how to dress—comfortably, yet professionally. And she recommended the basic equipment each should have from Band-Aids, to tissues, to safety pins.
“First-year teachers are notorious about not eating,” Ledbetter said. She advised keeping some dry roasted nuts on hand for a healthy snack. And she said not to forget the chocolate.
One beginning teacher asked if it was OK to bring candy to the classroom for her students. Ledbetter said it is fine, but to keep in mind students’ health concerns such as peanut allergies. At the secondary level, it is good to check with the principal and maintenance department before scheduling a party, she said.
She provided a list of questions they should ask their mentor teachers, discussed classroom rules and discipline plans, and recommended writing introduction letters to parents.
“Think of us as a giant lending library for resources,” she said of Saint Leo University. New teachers can get items and advice from the university. And Ledbetter will follow the careers of the new teachers, keeping in touch by email and even visits to their classrooms, if necessary.
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever our students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.
We remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 16,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 80,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in five U.S. territories, and in 72 countries.
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